Tottenham Hotspur pair Steven Caulker and Danny Rose included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympics
3:48pm Monday 2nd July 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
Steven Caulker and Danny Rose have both been included in the Team GB squad for London 2012.
The Spurs duo made the cut and form part of Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad for the competition which kicks off later this month.
Olympic regulations dictate that no more than three players over the age of 23 can be included in a squad, with these places being awarded to Welsh pair Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy as well as Micah Richards.
This will be the first time a British team has competed in the Olympics since the 1960 Games in Rome.
Senegal will provide the opening opposition for Pearce’s squad on Thursday, July 26, before clashes with the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.
Speaking on his squad, Pearce said: “With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.
“I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro ‘96, and I’m sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us.”
Team GB Chef de mission Andy Hunt added: “After a 52-year absence from the Olympic Games, it is fantastic to welcome the men’s football squad to Team GB for London 2012.
“Representing your country at the Olympic Games is a very unique, special experience and I am sure this talented and determined group of men’s footballers will play a full part as members of Team GB at our home Olympic Games.
“The squad selected possesses a good blend of youth and experience, with 15 of the 18 selected athletes playing their football at the very highest level in the Premier League last season.
“In Stuart Pearce they have an experienced and passionate manager and I am sure the younger players will learn a lot from their time with Team GB at the Olympic Games.
Team GB squad: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City), Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), James Tomkins (West Ham United).